They want to help you … really!
Actually, it is in Google’s best interest (and I am a firm believer that both successful people and successful businesses look out for their best interest) to know about your website.
Why might you ask?
Because at the core, Google (and Bing, Yahoo etc.) are focused on giving their users the BEST answer the FIRST time. With that, more people come back, allowing more page views and more advertising opportunities.
So, Google has a very personal interest in finding out about your website, crawling and understanding your website and placing the content in their database(s).
It doesn’t mean that they will find your website as compelling as you do, however; they DO make tools available for you to submit your website, find out if you are in their database, and help them understand all of your pages.
Also, they teach about search strategies along the way, nice!
To get started, do the following:
1) Sign up for a Google Account (“Sign In” link at the top right of the page: Http://www.Google.com)
2) Once you have an account, go to this link: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en
3) You will notice in the middle of the page an option to “Add a Site” … Click this button and add your website URL (for example: www.SimpleStepsIT.com) – You will have to add a little code to your meta tags to verify you are the owner of this website. Until you add the code (which they give you), they will not show you any results.
You are on your way!
I don’t have the space to do a complete walk through. However; Google has PLENTY of FAQ’s and instructions in this section to really help you understand what they know, and don’t know, about your website.